Over that last few months I’ve been restarting my exercise program. Again… I consider myself an active healthy person but I lose track of my priorities like everyone else. I think I’ve finally found my intended career path and if I intend to motivate and inspire people to live a happy, fulfilled lives I need to be embody the values and virtues that I promote. The best way I can do this is to implement habits that can last a lifetime. An example of this would be how I’ve changed my approach to my fitness goals.
In the past I would have this mentality of pushing my body as far as I can. Pain is good. No one in the room works harder than me. This can be a good mindset to have but in my experience if I redline my car for long enough it’s going to blow up and I’ll have to rebuild. Is pushing my body hard today worth it for pain and discomfort for the next few weeks? I have to remind myself that when my shoulder starts to hurt, I should focus on other muscle groups. A healthy lifestyle is one that can be maintained for long periods of time. Sacrificing, sometimes, instant satisfaction for greater rewards in time. I think a lot of people (including myself in the past) see health and fitness as periods of dedication followed by periods of coasting back into a comfortable lifestyle. I have never smoked, drank alcohol, or done other drugs in my life because I know how easily I’m addicted to things. My most recent lifestyle change was eliminating soda. It’s been 5 months since I’ve drank a Pepsi or Dr. Pepper. I love Dr. Pepper. I still allow myself the occasional energy drink and I should really focus on quitting candy. But I know in time I’ll slowly adjust my lifestyle to better things and Reese’s Sticks or Gummy Worms aren’t the worst things in the world.
This last year has been my most productive year when it comes making positive changes. One of my biggest challenges has been taking ownership for my work, beliefs, and creations. My proudest project in the works, Become Academy had been at a stand still because I wasn’t confident in being the frontman. I would get uncomfortable telling people my goals of helping people. It’s hard to explain “Life Coaching” to someone if they haven’t heard of Tony Robbins or Brendon Burchard. I know that if I don’t get serious about getting my name and story out there then I’ll never be successful and I won’t change people’s lives.
While taking out the garbage today I had this epiphany, whether it’s trying to stick to a fitness program or getting out of my comfort zone, there is strength in weakness.
As a person I feel my strongest when my legs can barely make it up the stairs, when my back cramps up while picking something up off the floor, or when I can’t take my shirt off without looking like a wacky, waving, inflatable arm, tube man because my shoulders are so sore. I feel my strongest when I’m making progress in my life. Part of making progress is putting myself into situations where I’m not comfortable. One of my biggest hurdles has been getting over self doubt. The voices telling me that people don’t care what I have to say, I’m not as good as other people doing something similar, or people won’t agree with my views. I’m slowly learning that it’s better to create something I’m proud of, beat my own path, and hopefully giving the world something of value then to sit back and live a life of mediocrity trying to impress everyone.
If you have something you feel is worth sharing don’t be afraid. Showing your weaknesses will make you a stronger.